AI is helping US Air Force to decide which targets to strike

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Technology 28 September 2021

By David Hambling

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A US MQ-9 Reaper military drone

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The US military has started using AI to guide its air strikes, according to Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall.

Speaking at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on 20 September, Kendall said that the US Air Force (USAF) had recently “deployed AI algorithms for the first time to a live operational kill chain”. He didn’t give details of the strike, such as whether it was by a drone or piloted aircraft, or if there were civilian casualties. …

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